New campaign urges cyclists and drivers to be alert to large vehicle blind spots
A new campaign by Edinburgh City Council is encouraging drivers of large vehicles and people cycling to be alert and take extra care on the roads.
It will highlight the fact lorries and other large vehicles have blind spots when turning left, which makes it hard for them to see people cycling.
Transport and Environment Vice Convener councillor Karen Doran said: “During lockdown we’ve seen a surge in the number of people buying new bikes and trying out cycling for the first time and we want to help them, and people who already cycle, to travel safely.
“Large vehicles like lorries do have blind spots when turning left and we know, from previous, tragic incidents, that this can put more vulnerable road users at risk. We would encourage drivers to always pay extra attention for cyclists on either sides of their vehicles and for those travelling by bike to take care when approaching junctions.”